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by Shane Stokes
January 19, 2018
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Forced to miss the Tour de France when he crashed and fractured his femur in June’s Tour de Slovenie, Kanstantsin Siutsou will finally make his return to racing in the Vuelta a San Juan, which begins on Sunday.
The Belarussian rider hasn’t competed since his fall, and said on Thursday that he played things safe. “The recovery was quick enough but I preferred to wait until 2018 to return to the races. I must admit I cannot wait to attack my number on the team jersey.”
A past winner of stages in the Giro d’Italia, the Tour of Georgia and the Giro del Trentino, he also took the overall classification in the 2008 Tour of Georgia and was ninth in the 2011 Giro d’Italia. He rode for Team Sky for several years, helping its top riders to big successes, then moved to Team Dimension Data. Siutsou joined Bahrain-Merida in 2017 and join multiple Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and other teammates in the South American race.
“For some years, I have chosen Argentina for my seasonal debut,” said Nibali. “It’s a good race to start: the route is not too demanding and the weather is perfect. And then it always brought me luck.”
The team will also feature the sprinter Niccolò Bonifazio, who is gunning for a stage win, as well as Antoni Nibali, Mark Padun and Ivan Cortina.